I am putting Shelter at the top of my list. Since I live here in New England i have to be able to protect against several different types of conditions. Keep in mind, however, i need to keep weight and size way down. The Idea of carrying a canvas wall tent with a stove is out of the question. Speed is another feature i am looking for. If conditions change or the area becomes unstable i need a shelter that breaks down in seconds so we can run. Keeping a low profile is also a good idea, because i don't want to attract attention, unless I want to.
These two items are very light and take up very little space. The Kelty Tarp will serve as a pretty good portable weather shield while the Grabber Blanket will keep you from freezing to death. Personally some kind of inflatable cushion will come in very handy when you want a place to sit. Remember this is not geared at staying in one spot all week, so i have to give up a lot of comfort for mobility.